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My wife still believes to this day, that the song that says, "down in the boondocks", is actually "down by the moon rocks". It is an ongoing disagreement of which I am right!
One day in the car Aretha Franklin's song "Respect" was on the radio and my mom said that it was the song by the svatsas(yiddish word for black people) For a little while I thought that the svatsas was the name of the group who sang the song.
The Beatles song "Ticket to Ride....." When we were kids they would advertise on the radio win "Ticket to Ride....".....I was totally confused....I finally asked my mom where do they win tickets to? She explained it was a song! DUH!!!!
This isn't so much misheard as misunderstood. I thought the line "And hamsters turn on frequently" from Simon and Garfunkel's "At the Zoo" was talking about robotic hamsters that could turn on and off with a switch. My dad told me the song was about the Central Park Zoo in New York City and I always wanted to go to New York to see the hamsters turn on and off.
Someone else here believed that they had written "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer". Similarly, I believed I had written "76 Trombones" from 'The Music Man'. This would be an easy error for a kid to make since that march tune is rather sequential and generic-sounding. However, I was 21 at the time.
when i listend bryan adams "summerof '69" the first time, i thought the lyrics was like "..... get my first real sex dream", but naturally it means "...........get my first real six-string"
I use so be so afraid of the song "Black Hole Sun" by SoundGarden. I would run out of the room everytime that song was on and the video for that song made it worse it made be thing that the sun was going to explode and that everyone was going to have messed up head.
When I was a kid my grandmother always sang the line "Ghost riders in the sky". I used to look at the sky, thinking I would actually see ghost cowboys on ghost horses, riding as if they were on the ground. Then I changed to think the Ghost Riders were the stars. To this day I still don't know the song or artist, and now, even though I'm 20, when I think of that line, I always look to the sky. I think more out of habit now, than actually looking to see them.
I guess this can be put among the make-believe-s, but couldn't actually find a proper place for it.
You know that elderly believe in so much funny stuff and they get terribly worried when you wouldn't follow their "valuable" advice.
When I was at late kindergarten age I was often told by my grany that I shouldn't sing while having a meal - the cause of that would be my getting married to a man who often gets drunk... That was making me remain silent till the end of our meal, because I didn't want to feel guilty if my husband were an alcoholic.
What a way to shut my mouth up!
When I was in highschool a friend and I were singing along with the radio on a song called 'Skin to skin' She knew the words alright - 'lay down your arms and make up - but she started miming putting make up on - not making up from an arguement.
I used to think that the drums was played several people on the same set; that each one will play on one drum only. Now that i play the drums, i just laugh about it. Imagine seven people playing on one set at the same time, they probably will have to sit on top of each other. Good thing that no one has to sit on top of me!!
when i heard the song "ticket to ride" when i was little, i thought ride was a place. like someone might say they have a ticket to los angeles... when i asked my mom where ride was, and she got a bit confused before explaining it meant she has a ticket to ride the train/bus/plane/whatever. i still think the phrasing is a bit weird if it means that.
Me and a couple of mates in a science class managed to convince a friend that the song that goes 'your once, twice, three times a lady' went 'Your once, twice, thrice four times a lady' we got the whole class behind the joke. before the end of school she also believed that 'four is the magic number'
Songs (or music videos) that scared me when I was little:
1) The video for "Opportunities," by the Pet Shop Boys. (I think there are two videos for this song) It was the one where the singer with the glasses and Amish hat is stuck in the floor in front of a limousine. I kept my parents up all night once because I thought that singer was going to come get me.
2) "Justify my Love," by Madonna. I thought the whispering lady was some scary person that was going to come get me and the whispers were warnings that she was coming. I later found out when I grew up that it was pornographic.
3) "Dream Weaver," by Gary Wright. Simply the beginning freaked me out. The scary "eeeeeeee" opening notes and the weird bird like sounds. I still don't listen to that song to this day.
4) "I'm Not In Love," by 10cc. That was just WAY too psychological for me to hear at age 10. I don't want to hear some guy's creepy mother whispering "Be quiet, big boys don't cry" in the past during the musical interlude. Don't listen to that one either.
On a positive note, I started getting moved by pretty love songs at age 4. Would cry and say "That's SOOOO pretty!"
When I was little, and heard the nurseryrhyme, "How much is That Doggy in the Window," I was especially taken by the verse, "with his ears cut short and tail cut long:" I assumed that a dog's ears were the equivalent of a human's hair, so one day I went to the hairdresser's and asked, "Can you cut my hair long?" My mum said it was possible befrore we went, but when the hell did she correct me for saying anything stupid like that? Not very much.
When I was little i had tookin my moms cd and i was listening to track number 4....which was "lets talk about sex" anyways, i put it in my little portable cd player thing...and we went to a restraunt and i was singing it XDDD it had all these "Grown-up" words in it...my mom was so embarrished....my grandma was like shocked XDDD
when i was little, i asked my mom what rap music was, and she told me it was when people added extra words to a song. so i would try to make "raps" by singing the songs i knew (mary had a little lamb, etc) and adding extra words in the middle. it never sounded quite right...
When I was little, I thought the song "Turkey In The Straw" ment there was a miniature turkey in a drinking straw.
i've grown up listening to the beatles, and thus had some interesting beleifs relating to their songs and music, etc.
i always wanted to listen to the beatles when we were in the car, and on one of the songs they use a shaker (looks like an egg and sounds kind of like a maraca). i assumed that there were five beatles. the fifth one played the maracas.
i also thought that the lyrics to lucy in the sky with diamonds went "the girl with colaidis goes by". i thought colaidis was some sort of horrible disease, and when i got older figured it was an STD, and was too embarassed to ask my parents (thank god or they would have wondered about me). i only found out just recently that it goes "the girl with kaleidoscope eyes" when i got so curious i had to look up the lyrics so i knew how to spell colaidis to look it up in the dictionary!
When I was younger--a LOT younger--I would listen to my ACe of Base tape over and over again, but eventually felt bad about making the people sing the same songs repeatedly for hours inside the tape player.